There is always room for Jello. You can’t ever eat just one. And you can never have too many primary sources.
I spent the day working with a group of K-12 social studies teachers; took part in some great conversations and overheard others. Among other things, the group is working to create high-quality document based learning activities. They are using Document Based Questions as one of their forms of both formative and summative assessments.
I really like the idea of having kids mess around with documents and try to make sense of them. Obviously there is an art and science to writing a high-quality DBQ.
But one of the problems is finding high-quality primary sources.
So together we started to put together a short list of sites that can provide a variety of resources, activities and teaching materials. I’ve talked about NARA’s DIgital Vaults and Historical Thinking Matters. But thought you might be interested in some of the others they found:
- Historical Scene Investigation
- National History Education Clearinghouse
- Primary Access
- Eyewitness to History
- Perseus Digital Library
- Making Sense of Evidence
- The Object of History
- Ancient History Web SItes
- Digital History
- Social Studies Central